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Best Local Politician (2012)
Congressman Sam Farr
100 W. Alisal St., Salinas
In a Washington divided, look no further than our District 17 for a glimmer of unity: Congressman Sam Farr ably represents environmental, ag and business development interests. And his ability to think big only gets bigger. The Peace Corps veteran envisions an alternative energy future and transforming the Salinas Valley into the next Silicon Valley, applying a tech-savvy spirit to agriculture. He’s a champion of affordable health care and veterans’ services. It’s no easy feat to serve such a diverse constituency, but Farr’s been doing it gracefully – for 19 years.